The following information was supplied by the Brookline Police. Charges listed do not indicate convictions.
A Milton man was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.
Brookline Police were out on patrol at about 2:05 a.m. on August 11 when they stopped at the red light at Boylston Street inbound and Chestnut Hill Avenue. A car with New Hampshire plates ran through a red light at that intersection, then locked up the breaks and skipped to a stop in the middle of the intersection.
Then the vehicle leapt forward and traveled over the curb, across the sidewalk onto Heath Street. Then the car sped off onto Heath Hill Road. At this point, the officer called for backup.
The driver pulled over onto a dive way. The officer asked the man if he was a resident of Heath Hill Road. The man replied, “No, I’m pulling over for you.” When the officer asked the man why he drove over the curb and sidewalk, the man said that he wasn’t familiar with the area and that he was not worried about the damage to his car because it had all-wheel drive.
The officer asked the man if he had been drinking, the man said that he had had a few drinks at a Chinese place, but couldn’t say where. The officer noted that the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy and that they could smell alcohol on him.
The officers decided to issue a field sobriety test. The officer concluded that the driver was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of liquor. The officer made this assessment due to the driver’s erratic operation, his physical appearance, and the officer’s interaction with the driver. The officer noted that the driver may have tried to evade being pulled over by going down Heath Hill Road.
Officers arrested Wayne Benjamin, 26, of 281 Silver Street, Milton and charged him with OUI liquor, refusing to stop for an officer, marked lanes violation and failing to stop for a red light.